We believe that every citizen has the ability to develop competency in at least one skill that will contribute to a prosperous Guyana.


“A national TVET system created to meet the changing demands of global competitiveness”

Mission Statement:
The Mission is focused on “the provision of a Guyanese workforce with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes contributing to increased productivity and economic development".

Core Values:

  1. Quality
  2. Partnership
  3. Integrity
  4. Professionalism
  5. Creativity
  6. Relevance


1. Define TVET programmes for youth and adults that

  1. are up to national and CARICOM regional occupational standards
  2. meet the needs of business and industry
  3. facilitate innovation and self-employment
  4. promote academic advancement.

2. Organize, supervise, monitor and evaluate the delivery of TVET programmes
3. Maintain and upgrade facilities used for delivery of TVET prorammes
4. Train the staff to deliver the planned programmes
5. Advertise and promote the TVET programmes
6. Develop and maintain a strong business/industry/community relationship to support the TVET programmes

Motto: Skill is Wealth.

TVET re-defined
“Those aspects of educational process involving the study of technologies and related sciences and the acquisition of practical skills, general education, attitudes, understanding and knowledge relating to occupations in various sectors of economic life"

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Unit is currently headed by an Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO-Tech). The ACEO (T) reports to the CEO. This position also has a working relationship with Senior Education Officials such as ACEO (PIM), ACEO (MERD), ACEO (MERD), ACEO (S), Heads of Departments of Education. 
The ACEO (T) activities include the co-ordination of the implementation of TVET Policies across the TVET Institutions that comprise the post-secondary Institutions and secondary schools in the country. Traditionally the system has ensured that technically component individuals are trained for the labour market in Guyana. The development, implementation, supervision and management of TVET policies for the appropriate and acceptable implementation of its curriculum in diverse technical disciplines in the eleven (11) education districts, are of maximum importance so as to successfully meet and fulfill the needs of respective communities and the nation.

This is be done through:

  1. The Practical Instructional Departments (PIDs)
  2. Practical Instruction Centres (PICs)
  3. Technical Institutes (TIs)
  4. Industrial Training Centres (ITCs)
  5. Carnegie School of Home Economics (CSHE)

This operation includes a feedback process and incorporates the chain of CEO, ACEO (T), REdOs, RExOs, SEOs, DEOs, Chairmen of Boards of Governors, Principals, Headteachers and the communities.
Given the changing dynamics in the workforce, national and regionally, the Ministry has adopted the new international trend in workforce development – the Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), which in the case of Guyana and the Caribbean leads to the award of National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). This new mode of training required the establishment of the Council for TVET, through an act of parliament in 2004. The CBET involves:

  1. The continuous study and review of the labour market in Guyana (Labour Market Information/Intelligence), to inform on the programmes and courses to be offered by the TVET Institutions
  2. The engagement of practitioners in various occupational areas to develop the requisite skills needed to meet the competencies of each occupational area.
  3. Development of curriculum by the CTVET for the Training providers
  4. The training of assessors, internal and external verifiers.
  5. Training, assessment, verification and certification of persons.

The CBET process follows the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) quality assurance processes.
Guyana has commenced the pilot of this new mode of training in post secondary Institutions and is gearing to introduce it in the secondary schools by September of 2014, through the Secondary Competency Certificate Programme (SCCP) of the Ministry of Education.

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